I love the warm, happy feeling of Christmas morning, with far away family gathered in my kitchen.
The last few years I have served this on Christmas morning to my family. I like that you can make the preserves a couple of days ahead and actually prepare the french toast the night before.
VANILLA MAPLE FRENCH TOAST W/WARM BERRY PRESERVES
2 1/4 c milk
1/3 c maple syrup
1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
12 thick slices french bread
1/4 c butter, melted
warm maple syrup
warm berry preserves
Whisk eggs in med bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in milk. Add 1/3 cup maple syrup, sugar, vanilla, and salt; whisk to blend. Divide custard between two 13 X 9 glass baking dishes. Arrange bread in single layer in dishes. Let soak 10 minutes. Turn over, cover, and refrigerate over night. Cook about 4 minutes on each side in the morning.
WARM BERRY PRESERVES
1 1lb bag frozen unsweetened strawberries
1 1lb bag frozen unsweetened nixed berries
2/3 cup red currant jelly
1/3 cup sugar
Mix all frozen berries, jelly and sugar in large nonstick skillet. Let stand until berries thaw and mixture is juicy, stirring occasionally and breaking strawberries into smaller pieces with spoon, about 2 hours. Boil until mixture thickens but is still chunky, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes. Can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and chill. Rewarm over med heat, stirring frequently.